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Post-production Shaky Cam

Posted: Wed, 1st Sep 2010, 8:41pm

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joe billy

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I want to make my movie look like it is handheld, but i don't want to film it handheld because I dont want to have to deal with motion tracking. Is there any easy way to do this in post?
Posted: Wed, 1st Sep 2010, 9:53pm

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Fxhome Dude

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Easily, just add motion in something like effects lab using the animation tool. Just a bit of movement is required, like side to side, rotate abit.
Posted: Wed, 1st Sep 2010, 11:18pm

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joe billy

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Haha! Dang, I never even thought of that. Thanks!
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2010, 12:04am

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A couple of things to keep in mind if implementing digital shake:

1. You'll need to scale your footage up past 100%, so you will lose resolution. Unless you can capture the footage in an HD format of higher resolution than your project. Filming a bit wider than you had planned will help, so you have a bit of space on the edges to work with.

2. If your original footage is interlaced, de-interlace it before you change the scale, otherwise the interlacing lines will get baked in, and will be impossible to get rid of.

3. Keep the movement random to make it believable. You might even want to film a take of the scene hand-held for reference, to see how the camera would actually have moved. You won't be able to replicate it exactly in post, most likely, but it will get you close.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2010, 8:16am

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Simon K Jones

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It's also worth bearing in mind that it won't look as good as proper handheld camerashake.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Sep 2010, 3:10pm

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A trick that I have done and has given me relatively good results is I will shoot some other random handheld footage of anything. I put it under the layer of the footage that I want to be handheld. After that I drop the transparency of the top layer so I can see both. I move the first layer so that it moves like the handheld shot in the second layer. YOu will also need to adjust the scale of the footage or you will have some space on the edges of the screen. After that remove the second layer and you should have some handheld like footage.